About CDRC

The CDRC has a long-standing history in Oregon and has always been dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Founded in 1914, the CDRC has provided services to thousands of families across the Northwest. 

While CDRC has clinical programs throughout the State of Oregon, most CDRC services today are provided at either our clinic area within Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, or at our building on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. 

The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center:
  • Provides clinical services for persons with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs through a team approach
  • Serves as an education and research center for health professionals
  • Serves as the state's Title V Agency for children with special health needs
  • Supports the philosophy of partnerships with families, health care providers, and the community

The CDRC has offices and clinical staff in Portland and Eugene. Outreach clinics are offered in communities throughout Oregon.


All individuals with special health needs along with their families will have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, development, and participation in communities across the life span.


To improve the lives of individuals with disabilities or special health needs through leadership and effective partnerships with individuals, families, communities, and public and private agencies. We strive to serve as an exemplary local, state, and national resource through our commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary clinical practice, research, education, policy development, and community service. We want to ensure that persons with disabilities and other chronic health care needs are identified and receive quality services through programs of clinical service, public health, education, and research.


  • Family Centered: Honoring and responding to individuals and family needs, preferences, and strengths, as well as fostering partnerships with and among families.
  • Self-Determination: Promoting the capabilities of individuals and families to make informed decisions and direct their lives
  • Cultural Effectiveness: Recognizing, respecting, and honoring the individual's and family's cultural values, language, and traditions
  • Lifespan and Holistic: Promoting individual and family health through optimal participation in all aspects of life at all ages
  • Collaboration: Fostering partnerships with, and among individuals, families, OHSU centers, other institutions of higher learning, agencies, and community groups to advance opportunities, knowledge, and community supports
  • Advance New Knowledge: Developing new knowledge, practice methods, training techniques, and research methodologies to better understand disability and special health needs in relation to individuals and populations
  • Accountability: Holding ourselves accountable to each other and to those we serve through communication, collaboration, service coordination, fiscal responsibility, and best practices
  • Collegiality: Fostering a respectful and interdisciplinary environment through teamwork, communication, professional development, and participatory leadership